Van Meter To Offer Solar Training For Contractors

A three-day educational course from April 7-9 positions installers for success in the emerging solar market.

WATERLOO, IA — Van Meter Inc., in partnership with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, will offer solar photovoltaic (PV) training in Waterloo, IA, April 7-9, 2015, for area electricians, builders, engineers, and trade professionals interested in becoming solar installers.

“We’re committed to advancing the solar market in the Midwest,” said Scott Cornish, Vice President of Diversified Business at Van Meter. “Doing so requires stocking quality solar products, providing system design and engineering services and expanding the knowledge and skills of the labor force doing system installations.”

Van Meter was No. 38 on Industrial Distribution's 2014 Big 50 List.

The three-day course offers a unique training opportunity that combines classroom time with actual, hands-on learning. Participants will have the opportunity to install various racking systems, modules, inverters and more.  The course qualifies for Continuing Education Units from the State of Iowa Electrical Examining Board.

The U.S. solar market is growing.  According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, there are now over 17,500 megawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity operating in the U.S., enough to power more than 3.5 million average American homes. It is estimated that a solar project is being installed every three minutes in the U.S., making solar one of the fastest growing markets in our nation.

“We’re delighted to bring this quality training to Iowa,” concluded Cornish. “We have good sun access here in the Midwest and a proven track record with renewable energy. Expertise in solar will position installers for success as this market grows.”

Space is limited. For additional detail about the courses and to register, call Kim Shultz at 319-399-0747 or send email to [email protected]